The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A mile inland from Torquay harbourside, with a spacious beer garden where dogs are welcome.
Framed with cliffs and lush hillside, Meadfoot Beach revels in the beauty of the English Riviera. A stone’s throw from the Agatha Christie Mile, Meadfoot itself looks like it’s been pulled from a romantic novel. Meander along the promenade past brightly coloured beach huts, before taking the steps down to the beach and soaking in the sounds of the sea.
Just outside Torquay Meadfoot Beach provides a sandy stretch of beach flanked by cliffs on both sides. There are rockpools and cliff walks or just lazing on the sand.
The sea is deep and there is a small cafe which seems to provide fare at locals not tourist prices.
There is limited free parking too. Great for children and adults alike.
Park your car at Belgrave Car park and start the walk from The Strand by Torquay Harbour. The walk is a moderate four and a half miles and offers wonderful views although there are a number of steps and a long, steady climb.
Elegant Victorian architecture, a series of wide, crescent beaches and a backdrop of seven hills encircling the town – it’s hardly surprising that Torquay has been such a popular holiday resort for generations. This is the English Riviera at its most classic and the best way to enjoy it is to stroll along the palm-lined promenade, ice cream in hand, watching the sea lap the shore.
Agatha Christie's holiday home nestles on a crook of the River Dart in a beautiful woodland garden that is home to such horticultural treasures as Monterey pines, eucalyptus, China roses, myrtle and Turkey oaks. For a magical experience that's also kind to the environment, travel there by boat. 'Green ways' ferries leave from Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay. Following a major restoration project, The National Trust has re-opened the house to the public, where quirky collections of memorabillia offer a glimpse into the private life of the well-loved crime writer. For house opening times and an events list, please visit the Web site.
The journey to the house by way of the National Trust ferry was enjoyable as was the walk back to Dartmouth along the Dart Valley Trail and ferry (higher or lower will do, the former is cheaper). Unfortunately the house itself was a little disappointing with an over cluttered interior that did not really tell any particular story. There were bits and pieces of interest but overall it seemed as though everything from different times and sources was put in that could be which detracted. The entry to the house is timed but we still felt that it was over-crowded and NT should consider making the house visits guided only. The walled gardens were good with a beautifully restored peach house providing a highlight.
Well worth a visit to this house, an effort to get there as you can't go by car unless you pre-book. It was a nice ride there in the boat but you would need good weather. Lovely spring flowers in the grounds. Cafe/restaurant disappointing as there were no main meal available.
Enjoyed by All
A lovely house in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Dart. Good to see the interiors haven't been messed around with and still look as if Agatha and her family have just popped out for a minute. I can see why she loved it so much and the gardens are a delight. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - including a 22 year old male! Well worth a visit but, if arriving by car, don't forget to pre-book a parking space.
A lovely boat ride from Dartmouth, but overall the house was disappointing. A hotch potch interior and hard to believe it was inhabited up until 2004. All furniture pre-dates the turn of the last century. The children did enjoy completing their quiz sheets 'can you find' and I can really recommend the pasties in the coffee takeaway shop (not the main cafe).
An inspirational place!
This beautiful house set in wonderful surrounding is well worth a visit. It is easy to see why Agatha Christie loved this place and penned a number of her novels here. The surrounding woodlands with views of the River Dart are superb. You can take a ferry from Dartmouth to get to Greenway but we chose to take the foot ferry from Dittisham (another charming little place). I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area.
Visiting Greenway is a lovely way to spend the day, they also have occasional events so it is worth having a look before you go to see if any take your fancy. If you like gardens, I would recommend visiting Greenway as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
'The Loveliest Place in the World'
Agatha Christie was right to call this the 'loveliest place in the world'. Arriving by ferry is really the best way to see it. A stroll in the pretty woodland gardens followed by some delicious homemade food in the Barn Cafe, rounded off with the return trip on the ferry makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
Shaldon is an unspoilt village situated on the mouth of the river Teign between Torquay and Teignmouth. It has a thriving livelyhood based on the estuary. On a clear day, Portland Bill can even be seen despite being 50 miles away. A pretty village with two churches, a boutique, butcher, coffee shop and many conserved areas for all to enjoy.
Lovely walk with our dog along the estuary into Shaldon village with a few shops/cafes. London Inn pub by the bowling green friendly pub with excellent beer and food (Best to book for Sunday lunch). If you don't like the Hi De Hi type holiday with amusements and cheap trinket shops then this is a place to visit
Very English Shaldon
A little hidden gem this village right on the seafront facing Teignmouth on the estuary, nice stylish shops and narrow streets with a bowling green and several nice pubs with good food.
Lovely pretty village, with a host of beautiful places to eat and drink. We tried the live music at the Ferryboat Inn, and had a lovely early evening looking out over the harbour from their beer garden. The shops were good quality, though during the off-season (October) I presume they have shorter opening hours (10-4 average) and some appeared closed. Everyone we met was very friendly, and the atmosphere was relaxed and refined.
Fabulous estuary village
Complete with its full range of shops, restaurants/pubs and beachesSo much to see- the village has a great website.
Shaldon village life
Shaldon village hosts a variety of activities throughout the summer. There is a market on the village green in traditional costume every week and the well know water carnival where sand castle competitions and decorated boats abound. The highlight of the year has to be Shaldon Regatta, which takes place around the late summer bank holiday in August where everyone is welcome to enter and regatta boats are available if you don't have your own. Also five-a-side football, beach volleyball, swimming competitions and sandcastle competitions abound. Highly recommended.
A perfect Devonian Lilliput with miniature landscaped gardens and models of famous landmarks.
Beautifully kept attraction absolutely full of creative and interesting details. Surprisingly entertaining visit for adults or families with kids.
A haven for rare and threatened species, Berry Head is home to one of the largest colonies of Guillemots on England's south coast. The Visitor Centre lets you watch them on CCTV and there are also many other migrant birds that come to the reserve.
The limestone peninsular, which forms the southern arm of Tor Bay, is home to two Napoleonic-era forts as well as gardens rich with wild flowers from May to August and caves that house horseshoe bats.
Berry Head Nature Reserve
As well as being an area of special scientific interest ( SSI ) the reserve has recently undergone an upgrading by the reserve management and now has excellent explanatory boards to make your visit more rewarding. There is also a superb cafe on the headland.
Napoleonic buildings, rare rock roses and orchids, plus a bird hide and cameras to record the very special Guillemots that nest on the cliffs. There is a new visitor centre opened in 2009, a cafe and parking. It has just received 1.8 million pounds of funding to make this a top place to visit.
- J Ridd
Running between Paignton and Kingswear, go for a simple train ride or buy a combined ticket for a day out that includes a river cruise or a boat trip along the coast.
Steam Train and Cruise
We took the train from Paignton (awful town, but the start of the journey!) to Kingsweir. We then got the passenger ferry across to Dartmouth - very lovely town with lots of interesting shops and plenty of Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants to eat in. We then did an hour cruise up the River Dart which was really lovely and we then repeated the journey back (ferry and train). It was a really lovely day out. It can get quite busy during the peak times but very well organised and some lovely scenic coastal views on the Steam Train. Well worth the family ticket!
A very good day out
We have done the Round Robin trip twice now, in opposite directions. It's an excellent experience, and reasonable value, especially if purchased on a Jubilee ticket.
Don't waste time in Paignton, head for lunch in Totnes where there are lots of options, some by the river.
Do plan your timing, as tides can mean that boat trips back from Totnes can finish as early as 2pm.
There's a big car park right next to the station at Kingswear (about £4 a day) and you can use the ticket to cross over on the passenger ferry if you want to start with the boat trip.
Trains leave Kingsweir for Paignton hourly in summer. We recommend taking a day to do the ‘round robin’ …Ferry-Train-Bus-Cruise. Note the Cruise times vary depending on the state of the tide in Totnes.
A good day out
You can combine this with a boat trip on the Dart and a short bus connection to have a great round trip.
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